As the old saying goes, the way to a man's heart is through his stomach — and nothing could do that more than a meal that combines his two favourite flavours: beef and beer.
Although many like to down beer straight from the glass, it is actually a great ingredient that can add flavour to meals, particularly meats. Don't worry if you're not a beer fan though, most times the bitterness of beer is cooked out and, with this recipe, a lager is recommended which has a more subtle beer flavour.
Vanessa, the blogger at The Beer Cook, dedicates her site to experimental cooking with beer. She says, "I started incorporating beer into my food soon after my first couple of beer dinners."
"I love not only pairing with beer, but using it as an actual ingredient. Different styles of beer can add a wonderful depth and complexity that isn't present without them," she explains.
So, try this hearty recipe for beef braised in beer and find a meal that will not only impress your man, but please your palate too.
Easy beef braised in beer
- 1 large onion, roughly chopped
- 2–3 cloves of garlic
- 1 kilogram of beef chuck roast
- 1 can of diced tomatoes with the tinned juices
- 2 cups of a lager beer (metric cups, not drinking cups)
- 4 tablespoons of molasses (alternative: about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Trim the excess fat off the chuck roast (leaving a little for moisture and flavour). Brown all sides in a pre-heated pan with olive oil. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- In a slow cooker, place the onions and garlic in the bottom of the dish and place the beef on top. In a jug, mix all of the other ingredients and then pour over the roast. Set the slow cooker on low and let it do its thing for 8 hours.
- Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees C. Using an oven-proof dish, cook the onions and garlic until soft. Remove from the heat and add the beef, surrounding with the onions and garlic. In a jug, mix all of the other ingredients and then pour over the roast. Pop a lid on the dish and place it in oven for approximately 2 hours (just keep checking until you have a tender fall-apart roast). Remove from the oven and let it sit aside for 10 minutes before pulling apart to serve.
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You can serve this dish with just about any vegetable side, however, a few ideas include:
- A potato gratin (you have the oven on anyway)
- Mashed potato
- Cheesy broccoli and cauliflower
- Roast vegetable medley of pumpkin, carrots and swede
- Sweet potato mash
- Homemade damper rolls
In terms of accompanying drinks, you could simply offer the same lager as is used in the recipe. However, you can also consider having glasses of a wheat beer, or if eating on a wintery night, go for a heavy and hearty stout.
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